Temperatures on Lake Michigan are very unpredictable. While the temperature at the dock might be 80 degrees, two miles off shore it could be in the mid 50's. This is especially true in May and Sept. Bring along a sweater, jacket, and slacks or pants just in case. Rain jackets are recommended if weather conditions warrant.

Soft soled shoes, such as tennis shoes or deck shoes are extremely important. Hard soled shoes will scratch and leave ugly marks on the boat deck that are hard to remove.

Fishing licenses and salmon stamps are required. They can be purchased at the various sport and bait shops. You can buy a 24hr license on line (below) or on your smart phone and then save it. If you have an annual license you will need to purchase the Lake Michigan Salmon stamp as well
(Needed with Both).

Two coolers are recommended. One large one that is usually left in your vehicle for transporting the catch home, and a smaller one for food and drinks to bring on the boat. Ice will be need for the coolers. Bring a camera and enough film. Fishing trips are an excellent opportunity to collect memories. Remember to bring any personal items such as medications, sun screen, sun glasses, and motion sickness pills, etc..

CHECK LIST

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Illinois Fishing License & Stamp Click to buy online
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Soft soled shoes (tennis or deck) A MUST!
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Jacket, sweater, hat
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Sun glasses, sunscreen, camera
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Refreshments & food
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Rain gear (if needed)
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Motion pills (take a minimum of 6 hours prior)

"Zero Tolerance Notice"

No illegal drugs or substances allowed on boat.